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Heathcote to Audley
Time: 4 hrs 15 mins Walking time
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
1 km SW of Heathcote
Length: 10 km Walk Length
As this is a One Way walk, the 10 km only includes the walking distance from the start to the end point
Royal National Park
Climb: 327 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 327 m, this is the total of the elevation gains made in each of the walks uphill sections
There is car access and parking near the start and end of this walk
Style: One way
Track: Hard

Passing through scrub and heath, this track goes into the Royal National Park along a well managed bush track, passing great pools and sections of creek at Karloo Pools and Uloola Falls. With some lovely rest spots at both of these places (especially with the toilet at Uloola) this walk is very pleasant. Coming into Audley, there are great views of the Hacking River, and once at Audley the visitor centre is a good spot to grab a bite to eat. (open in app)


There are closed areas in Royal National Park
Today's Fire rating
LOW-MODERATE (No Ban)
  Bushwalking track notes photographs, maps and camping spots for Heathcote to Audley

Map of Walk

Location

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Map of Heathcote to Audley
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Heathcote Railway Station
Int of Karloo Track and Wilson Pde
Heathcote Brook Bushtrack
Karloo Pools
Uloola Falls Camp
Int of Uloola and Wattle Forest Tracks
Int of Uloola Track and Robertson Roundabout
 Int of Engadine, Audley and Uloola Tracks
Currawong Flats
Eastern side of Currawong bridge
Visitor Centre
Starting point for this hiking track: Int of Wilson Parade and Karloo Track

Base maps are used under licence and is © Department of lands   Panorama Avenue Bathurst 2795   www.lands.nsw.gov.au

Maps that cover the walk area (please always carry maps of the area)

Print a map and track notes here
 Port Hacking 1:25 000 Map Series NSW-91294N 
 Port Hacking 1:100 000 Map Series 9129 

Photo Gallery

 
The Karloo Bushtrack
 
The Karloo Bushtrack +
 
Karloo Pools
 
Karloo Pools +
 
The Rockshelves at Karloo Pools
 
The Rockshelves at Karloo Pools +

 
The heath
 
The heath +
 
Uloola Creek
 
Uloola Creek +
 
On the ridge between Karloo Pools and Uloola Falls
 
On the ridge between Karloo Pools and Uloola Falls +

 
The Hacking River from Robertson's Roundabout
 
The Hacking River from Robertson's Roundabout +
 
The walking bridge across the Hacking River
 
The walking bridge across the Hacking River +
 
The Royal National Park Visitor Centre
 
The Royal National Park Visitor Centre +

Terrain

Cross sectional view of the Heathcote to Audley bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Heathcote to Audley bushwalking track



Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Heathcote to Audley bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Heathcote to Audley bushwalking track

Overview of this walks Grading - Based on the AS 2156.1 - 2001
These details are new. This new feature still requires more testing and refining. Please use the 'Walker Feedback' for report specific issues. Please e-mail Matt if you have any general comments. Hope you find it helpful.

Under this standard, a walk is graded based on the most difficult section of the walk.
Length 10km
Time 4 hrs 15 mins
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Grade 4/6

Track: Hard
AS 2156.1 Gradient Very steep (4/6)
Quality of track Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Signs Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Experience Required Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)
*This summary of grading information is new and still in testing

Some more detail of this walks Grading
Here is a bit more details explaining the grading looking at sections of the walk.
Gradient
7km of this walk has short steep hills and another 2.4km has gentle hills with occasional steps. Whilst another 280m is flat with no steps and the remaining 140m is very steep.

Quality of track
9km of this walk follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles and another 1.1km follows a clear and well formed track or trail. The remaining (350m) follows a smooth and hardened path.

Signs
Around 7km of this walk has directional signs at most intersection, whilst the remaining 2.7km is clearly signposted.

Experience Required
Around 5km of this walk requires no previous bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 4.8km requires some bushwalking experience.

Weather
This whole walk, 10km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).

Infrastructure
Around 10km of this walk has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced), whilst the remaining 420m is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats).

Track Notes


Drive to Heathcote Railway Station
You can drive or ride to this start of this Bushwalk A park entry fee is required for driving into the park.
You can drive or ride to the start of this walk
Use these links to plan your trip to the start of this walk.
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Drive to Heathcote Railway Station
You can drive or ride to this start of this Bushwalk There is free parking available.
You can drive or ride to the start of this walk
Use these links to plan your trip to the start of this walk.
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(0 km) Heathcote Railway Station to Int of Wilson Parade and Karloo Track
Track: Moderate - road
Length = 200 m Time = 3 mins
Climb = 1 m Descent = -2 m
From Heathcote Station, this walk heads south-east along Wilson Parade following the railway tracks. Shortly after passing the emergency services centre, the track comes to an intersection with a bush track signposted as the 'Karloo Track'.

(0.2 km) Int of Karloo Track and Wilson Pde to Karloo Pools
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 2.58 km Time = 1 hr 6 mins
Climb = 87 m Descent = -222 m
Turn left : From the intersection of Wilson Pde and the bush track at the large sign saying 'Karloo Track', this walk heads east away from the road. Shortly after, this turns to the north and goes behind the Rural FIrefighting Station (Emergency Services Centre), then the track turns back to the east and continues along the bush track. Gradually this turns to the south and goes slightly downhill until reaching Heathcote Brook. Just after crossing the brook, the track comes to an intersection with another bush track.
Veer left: From the intersection, this walk heads east. The track gradually rises onto the ridgeline and there are some reasonably good views over the surrounding valley. The track continues east in this manner then begins to gradually drop down off the ridge along the slightly rougher bush track until reaching Karloo Pools. This would be a good spot to take a break and get your toes wet.

(2.78 km) Karloo Pools to Uloola Falls Camp
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 2.26 km Time = 45 mins
Climb = 125 m Descent = -47 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk crosses Kangaroo Creek at Karloo Pools, then follows the 'Waterfall via Uloola Falls' arrow up the hill between the rocks and along the rocky bush track. The track climbs up the long hill for a while, then it flattens out for a short while passing a sign pointing back to 'Heathcote', before continuing up another long rocky hill to the top of the ridge. From the top of the hill, the track continues through the trees which quickly open out into scrub. The walk follows the yellow painted markers across all the rock surfaces, until it gradually starts to descend down the end of the ridge, steadily winding down until coming to a large flat clearing. Here, the walk turns right and crosses the Uloola Brook, then continues along the bush track heading away from the brook for a short while, passing the sign with arrows to 'Waterfall' and 'Heathcote' before coming to the 'Uloola Falls Bush Campground'.

(5.04 km) Uloola Falls Camp to Int of Uloola Track and Robertson Roundabout
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 3.99 km Time = 1 hr 16 mins
Climb = 105 m Descent = -107 m
Veer left: From the campsite, this walk follows the 'Audley' signpost along the bush track. This gradually climbs up a long rocky hill, passing the occasional painted yellow directional marker. At the top of the ridge, the track flattens out and continues through the scrub, frequently crossing scattered rock surfaces with occasional painted markers. The track continues in this manner for a long while, until reaching an intersection with a bush track on the right, and a sign pointing back to 'Uloola Falls'.
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Audley' arrow along the bush track. The walk winds among the banksia and gum trees as it follows the defined rocky bush track along the ridge for a long while, before coming to the intersection, with multiple signposts including 'Audley' and 'Robertsons Roundabout'.

(9.03 km) Int of Uloola Track and Robertson Roundabout to Int of Engadine, Audley and Uloola Tracks
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 556 m Time = 18 mins
Climb = 1 m Descent = -92 m
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Audley 0.5km' on the 'Robertsons Roundabout' signpost, heading along the bush track. The track steps up onto the short rock shelf and continues up the short hill to the top of the ridge and down the other side, winding steadily down the long rocky hill. The walk then zigzags down a few sets of rock steps before coming down to the signposted intersection of the 'Robertson Roundabout' track.

(9.59 km) Int of Engadine, Audley and Uloola Tracks to Currawong Flats
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 137 m Time = 4 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -34 m
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk follows the bush track heading in the opposite direction to the Heathcote and Engadine arrows, winding down the hill via the rock steps that the track continues down to the banks of the Hacking River at Currawong Flats.

(9.72 km) Currawong Flats to Royal National Park Information Centre
Walk: Easy - road
Length = 281 m Time = 5 mins
Climb = 8 m Descent = -2 m
Turn right: From the end of the bush track, this walk heads through Currawong Flats, keeping the river on the left, until reaching the bridge. The track turns left and crosses the Hacking River on the bridge, to come to Lady Carrington Drive.
Turn left: From the bridge, this walk heads along the road, keeping the river to the left. Passing the park lands and picnic area, the road the meets Sir Bertram Stevens Drive and a short distance further comes to the Royal National Park Information Centre.

(10 km) Visitor Centre to Ironbark Flat Picnic Area
Optional sidetrip: Walk: Easy - footpath
Length = 99 m Time = 2 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -7 m
Turn sharp left: From the visitor centre, this walk passes between the centre and the toilet block, heading down the stairs and onto the large, grassed clearing of Ironbark Flats.

Drive from Royal National Park Information Centre
You can drive or ride from this end of this Bushwalk A park entry fee is required for driving into the park.
You can drive or ride from the end of this walk
Use these links to plan your trip from the end of this walk.
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Getting there

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Driving Directions
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Near by


Campsites in the park
Bonnie Vale camping ground
North Era camping ground
Uloola Falls camping ground


Nearest know Outdoor Stores near the start of this walk
Store Address Phone Distance (straight line)
Engadine Disposal & Outdoor Centre Pty Ltd 1042 Old Princes Hwy, Engadine (02) 9520 3367 2.6 km
Paddy Pallin Adventure Equipment 587 Kingsway, Miranda (02) 9525 6829 10.6 km
Onrope 11 Nelson Ave, Padstow (02) 9709 6299 17 km
Boots Great Outdoors 23 Koonya Cct, Caringbah (02) 9542 8988 12.4 km
Jeffs Camping & Disposals Lvl2/ 444 Hume Hwy, Yagoona (02) 9708 5092 20.2 km


A list of the nearest UHF CB repeaters I found to Heathcote to Audley.
Channel Call sign
(more info)
Site Distance and dir from Heathcote to Audley
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1 SYD01 12/14 Ormonde Parade HURSTVILLE 16 km (to the NNE)
3 VMG3 Mine commsite WESTCLIFF COLLIERY 23 km (to the SW)
7 SYD07 7 Glamorgan St BLACKTOWN 35 km (to the NNW)
5 SYD05 Sydney Adventist Hospital 185 Fox Valley Rd WAHROONGA
Emergency use only
40 km (to the NNE)
4 RIV04 Fire Service Rusden Road MT RIVERVIEW 53 km (to the NW)

Weather and Park info

Fire Danger
This walk passes Greater Sydney Region fire area which currently has a LOW-MODERATE rating and No Ban in place. (Downloaded 55 minutes ago)
Please Note: Each park may have its own fire ban, this rating is only valid for today and is based on information from the RFS Please check the RFS Website for more information.

Weather and Climate
Weather and Climate summary detailed weather and climate information here
Mostly sunny.
Mostly sunny.
21.0°C (feels like 17.4°)
19 km/h from the SSE (gusting 30)
49% humidity     (as at 17/01:15pm)
A graph displaying the average daily temperature range for the year

Royal National Park Link to official closures and fire bans page

Region: Sydney & Surrounds
Park fees Camping Facilities
Current Park Closure information for Royal National Park
Closure information last downloaded Thursday 17th of April 2014 01:00 PM
CLOSED AREAS
Pool Flat is closed due to construction activities - Pool Flat picnic area
The Pool Flat area at Audley will be partially closed to visitors from Wednesday 26th March until Friday 30th May due to the construction and installation of a pontoon and jetty. Land and water access will be restricted around the works site, pedestrian access will still be available in some areas including to the provided picnic tables and toilets. For more information please contact the local NPWS office on (02) 9542 0632.

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peter - wow IP:153.107.33.xxx | 2011-08-11 23:34:40
worst place in the whole world go attacked by wild animals!
admin - re: wow Super Administrator | 2011-08-11 23:51:54
peter wrote:
worst place in the whole world go attacked by wild animals!

Hi Peter
Shame you had a bad experience, can you please let me know more about the attack and where it happened so we can let the rangers and other walkers know.
Thanks
Matt :)
Matt IP:101.170.184.xxx | 2012-02-12 07:06:52
Did this walk today (12/02/12). Great walk, but really over-grown most of the way from the waterfall to Audley.
Anonymous IP:60.241.166.xxx | 2013-01-15 08:19:47
Great walk quite easy for fit people who like to walk, but very overgrown after the campsite! Great walk
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